Some good, some not so good, and some silver linings. Let’s go to the tape:
– Week two of Fast Draft and Revision Hell did not go as smoothly as week one did. On Monday, I made the discovery that the story was falling far short of the promised length, and found myself going back through the story to add additional scenes. As I was going through, I started changing things, and ended up deleting almost as many words as I added. Yesterday, I wrote and wrote and wrote and soon realized that, hey, I was done ten pages ago, adding more stuff isn’t going to make this story any better. Two serious mistakes I made:
- Trying to “pants” my way through the story instead of outlining it, and
- Losing interest when I realized, “Hey, this idea really sucks!”
However, there is a silver lining:
– I have an idea for what I’m going to write for Camp NaNoWriMo next month. I started looking at the story that I had this morning, and realized that, with some modification, I could end up with a fairly decent story after all. I will revise the story that I have for Revision Hell, and start over with the “new and improved” version next month. Outlining has already started.
– I’m keeping up with the blogging schedule that I set for myself. Hope you’ve enjoyed it so far.
– I’m reading Salinger’s Catcher In The Rye as my “non-craft” book. It was another of those books that I was assigned in high school, and never quite finished. Come to think of it, I never quite started it, either. I was a really lousy student.
– For my craft book, I’m reading Now Write! Nonfiction: Memoir, Journalism and Creative Nonfiction Exercises from Today’s Best Writers, compiled by Sherry Ellis and containing exercises from writers like Gay Talese, Reza Aslan, John Matteson, and Tilar Mazzeo. It was recommended to me by a friend who has another one of the books in the series. So far, it’s pretty good, though I haven’t tried any of the exercises yet.
And that’s all I have at this end. Hope everyone else is doing well!